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Akhil, Jitender win boxing golds

October 31, 2003 21:34 IST

Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar won two gold medals for India in boxing on the final day of competition at the Afro-Asian Games, but five other Indian boxers had to settle for silver medals.

Akhil beat The Philippines' Volitio M Payla 20-16 in the flyweight final while Jitender outclassed Kazakhstan's Beibut Shvmenov before the referee stopped the light-heavyweight final.

Overall, it was a disappointing day for Indian pugilists, including Mohd Ali Qamar and  V Johnson, who had to be content with the silver medals.

India finished with two gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

Qamar lost a closely-fought battle to Harry S Tanamor of The Philippines 63-65 in the light-flyweight final, while heavyweight boxer Johnson lost the final to Emmanuel Izonritei by an RSC verdict.

The other Indians to end in the loser's corner and settle for silver medals were Diwakar Prasad (bantamweight), A L Lakra (featherweight) and Vijender (light-welterweight).

Prasad lost 11-18 to Uzbek Bahodirjon Sooltonov in the bantamweight final, Lakra went down to Nigerian Muideen Ganiy 22-29 and Vijender was beaten 32-19 by Bahit Sarsekbaev of Uzbekistan.

The other gold medal winners today were from Uzbekistan (super-heavy and middleweight), Korea (lightweight) and Kazakhstan (welterweight).

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